Professors Quotes

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William W. Purkey
“A Student is the most important person ever in this person, on the telephone, or by mail.
A Student is not dependent on us...we are dependent on the Student.
A Student is not an interruption of our work..the Studenti s the purpose of it. We are not doing a favor by serving the Student...the Student is doing us a favor by giving us the opportunity to do so.
A Student is a person who brings us his or her desire to learn. It is our job to handle each Student in a manner which is beneficial to the Student and ourselves.”
William W. Purkey, Becoming an Invitational Leader

H.M. Ward
“I think things that i shouldn't.I dream things that i shouldn't.I want things that i shouldn't and it's all because of one thing-- I do care about you.”
H.M. Ward, Damaged

Chris Hedges
“Most of these students are so conditioned to success that they become afraid to take risks. They have been taught from a young age by zealous parents, schools, and institutional authorities what constitutes failure and success. They are socialized to obey. They obsess over grades and seek to please professors, even if what professors teach is fatuous. The point is to get ahead, and getting ahead means deference to authority. Challenging authority is never a career advancer.”
Chris Hedges, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Karl Barth
“Theology is not a private subject for theologians only. Nor is it a private subject for professors. Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors. Nor is theology a private subject of study for pastors. Fortunately, there have repeatedly been congregation members, and often whole congregations, who have pursued theology energetically while their pastors were theological infants or barbarians. Theology is a matter for the Church.”
Karl Barth

Michael Gruber
“Professors go batty too, perhaps more often than other people, although owing to their profession, their madness is less often remarked. ”
Michael Gruber, The Book of Air and Shadows

Dean Koontz
“The world has too few modest fry cooks and far too many self-important professors.”
Dean Koontz, Odd Thomas

Stephan Pastis
“When I was at the University of California at Berkeley, I went to some classes that must have had more than four hundred students in them. I almost always sat in the far back of the auditorium so I could read the newspaper. I remember that I stayed late one day to ask the professor a question, and when I got up to him, all I could think to myself was, 'So this is what the professor looks like.”
Stephan Pastis, Pearls Sells Out: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury

William Deresiewicz
“Fortunately, our colleges and universities are fully cognizant of the problems I have been delineating and take concerted action to address them. Curricula are designed to give coherence to the educational experience and to challenge students to develop a strong degree of moral awareness. Professors, deeply involved with the enterprise of undergraduate instruction, are committed to their students' intellectual growth and insist on maintaining the highest standards of academic rigor. Career services keep themselves informed about the broad range of postgraduate options and make a point of steering students away from conventional choices. A policy of noncooperation with U.S. News has taken hold, depriving the magazine of the data requisite to calculate its rankings. Rather than squandering money on luxurious amenities and exorbitant administrative salaries, schools have rededicated themselves to their core missions of teaching and the liberal arts.

I'm kidding, of course.”
William Deresiewicz, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life

Mira Jacob
“Of course he had a female following. Was there anything college girls found sexier than being told what to think?”
Mira Jacob, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Mikhail Bulgakov
“The streetlights had already lit up on Bronnaya, and a golden moon hung over the Patriarchs. In the ever deceiving lunar light, it appeared to Ivan Nikolayevich that, instead of a cane, the professor stood holding a sword under his arm.”
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Mervyn Peake
“So limp of brain that for them to conceive an idea is to risk a haemorrhage. So limp of body that their purple dresses appear no more indicative of housing nerves and sinews than when they hang suspended from their hooks.”
Mervyn Peake, Gormenghast

Henry Edward Armstrong
“Hypotheses like professors, when they are seen not to work any longer in the laboratory, should disappear.”
Henry Edward Armstrong

Carl William Brown
“Repetita iuvant. Italy, a land of great saints, poets, sailors, artists, statesmen, businessmen, lawyers, intellectuals, professors, journalists, whores, gangsters, religious parasites and dickheads.”
Carl William Brown, L'Italia in breve.

“You professors, what do you teach your students? Do you instill in them the spirit of possession?”
Sunday Adelaja

“We ain't supposed to carry firearms when traveling into town but I'm always ready for someone to try and take a bite outta me, especially at the university. Everyone knows that academics are the most ruthless cutthroats around.”
Justina Ireland, Dread Nation

Eraldo Banovac
“A great professor considers his student's success as a reflection of his own. He will not remain indifferent in the case of continuous poor exam results, but will do as much as possible to overcome such a situation.”
Eraldo Banovac

Tomas Schuman
“[T]he useful idiots, the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of the Soviet socialist or Communist or whatever system, when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point: never bother with leftists. Forget about these political prostitutes. Aim higher. [...] They serve a purpose only at the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in the United States: all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion only to destabilize a nation. When their job is completed, they are not needed any more. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned, when they see that Marxist-Leninists come to power—obviously they get offended—they think that they will come to power. That will never happen, of course. They will be lined up against the wall and shot.”
Yuri Bezmenov

Gregory Benford
“every professor secretly thinks that what the world needs is a good, solid lecture--from him, of course.”
Gregory Benford, Foundation's Fear

James C. Dobson
“That’s why we must continue to support godly men and women who have dedicated their lives to Christian principles and to continuing those ideas in our offspring. Professors’ worldviews influence whatever they teach, from humanities to basic sciences, and what they think about God cannot be hidden from their students.”
James C. Dobson, Life on the Edge: The Next Generation's Guide to a Meaningful Future

“Political scientists and professors are the new clergy; the clergy of oppression.”
A.E. Samaan

Kurt Tucholsky
“توی مدرسه ما هیچ وقت فاجعه ای رخ نداد، نابسامان وحشتناکی هم نداشتیم.اما وضعیت تدریس بد بود. بعدها توی دانشگاه هم وضع شبیه همین بود. فرقش فقط این بود که استادای دانشگاه اغلب با این که باد نبودن درس بدن، لااقل خودشون باسواد بودن.”
Kurt Tucholsky, بعضی ها هیچ ‌وقت نمی‌فهمن!‏

Mira Jacob
“Somehow, all the talk about tenure and anthropology had given her visions of a thick-walled, libraried adobe, the kind of place that was covered with kilim rugs and fertility sculptures. The white stucco in front of her looked only slightly more substantial than a roadside weigh station.”
Mira Jacob, The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing

Jeffrey Eugenides
“It was always embarrassing when professors assigned their own books. Even Madeleine, who found all the reading hard going, could tell that Zipperstein’s contribution to the field was reformulative and second-tier.”
Jeffrey Eugenides, The Marriage Plot

Robin Sacredfire
“It should be obvious but I’ve never met anyone that is able to perceive incompetent managers and lack of corporate integrity as the main causes for incompetent workers and poor results in productivity. And by the way, the exact same principles apply to Universities, but I've also never met students capable of questioning their teachers as they should, or teachers that aren't afraid to be questioned regarding their own integrity. It's really easy to talk bullshit in a classroom using social status, certificates and books as backbone for credibility but hard to face accountability for the words one vomits out of his brain without ever trying to digest them with a stomach for confrontation with realism. If anything useful I learned in college, as both student and lecturer, is that my teachers and coworkers were a bunch of arrogant cocksuckers feeding on the illusion that their reputation makes them who they are. Their self-delusion makes them pathetic. And the only thing they ever produced were pathetic students.”
Robin Sacredfire

Jincy Willett
“People who wrote novels about universities hardly ever got them right. Max had spent his short working life untenured, but still he'd managed to be a charming magnet wherever he taught, and Amy had surfeited on faculty gossip and professorial antics and the general behavior of academics, who were as a whole no more brilliant or Machiavellian than travel agents. They tended toward shabbier clothes and manners, and of course there was the occasional storied eccentric or truly original mind, but most college campuses — especially the older ones — functioned less as brain trusts than as wildlife preserves, housing and protecting people who wouldn't last a week in GenPop.”
Jincy Willett, Amy Falls Down

Eraldo Banovac
“The following factors define a successful lecturer: knowing the topic of the lecture very well, being well-prepared for the lecture, speaking fluently and clearly, and last but not least – showing a genuine enthusiasm for the subject which attracts students’ attention.”
Eraldo Banovac

Kenichi Fukui
“Japanese universities have a chair system that is a fixed hierarchy. This has its merits when trying to work as a laboratory on one theme. But if you want to do original work you must start young, and young people are limited by the chair system. Even if students cannot become assistant professors at an early age they should be encouraged to do original work.

...Industry is more likely to put its research effort into its daily business. It is very difficult for it to become involved in pure chemistry. There is a need to encourage long-range research, even if we don't know its goal and if its application is unknown.”
Kenichi Fukui

Vera Brittain
“Judging from my experience as a graduate of one
university and the wife of a professor attached to another, it does seem to me that academic life in any country tends to make both men and women narrow, censorious and self-important. My husband I believe to be among the excep-
tions, but one or two of his young donnish contemporaries have been responsible for some of the worst exhibitions of bad manners that I have ever encountered. Apparently most dons grow out of this contemptuous brusqueness as the years go by ; elderly professors, though often disapproving, are almost always punctilious. On the whole I have found American dons politer than English, and those from provincial universities more courteous than the Oxford and Cambridge variety.”
Vera Brittain, Testament of Youth

Arthur Schopenhauer
“In order not to judge unfairly one ought also to settle definitely one's expectations from this [our] point of view, and to regard, for example, even learned men, since as a rule they have become so only by the force of outward circumstances, primarily as men whom nature really intended to be tillers of the soil; indeed even professors of philosophy ought to be estimated according to this standard, and then their achievements will be found to come up to all fair expectations.”
Arthur Schopenhauer, The World as Will and Idea, Vol. 3